Summer Academic Writing Clinic, Evening Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, August 9th, 2018

Partly cloudy skies greeted 34 visitors, including students and several staff members, from the Summer Academic Writing Clinic for incoming first-year students, for evening observing at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, August 9th, 2018, 8:30—10:30 p.m. Professor Jan Cami presented the digital slide presentation on “Astronomy and Space Research at Western” and fielded questions. The students were then divided into 2 groups with one group going downstairs where graduate student Shannon Hicks showed them the “Transit Demonstration” and the “Spectroscopy Demonstration” in the “Black Room.” The other group went upstairs into the dome. The 2 groups later changed places.
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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, August 4th, 2018

Clear skies greeted 189 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, August 4th, 2018, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Ameek Sidhu made 2 presentations of her digital slide presentation “Spitzer Space Telescope – Observing the Universe in Infrared” and fielded questions. Professor Margaret Campbell-Brown did the “Transit Demonstration” and the “Spectroscopy Demonstration” downstairs in the “Black Room.”
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Mars Opposition at the Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday July 31st, 2018

Cloudy skies greeted 143 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Special Public Night for the Mars Opposition, Tuesday, July 31st, 2018, 8:30 p.m.—1:00 a.m. (August 1st). Although Mars reached opposition on Friday, July 27th, its closest approach to Earth was on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018. There were 2 digital slide presentations including (1) Professor Jan Cami, “Mars Tonight: Close Encounters of the Bright Kind” (8:45 p.m.); and (2) Professor Livio Tornabene, “Mars: Up, Close and Personal – High Resolution Views from Orbit” (9:30 p.m.). Professor Livio Tornabene showed mostly images from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), but also images from the European Space Agency’s and Roscosmos’ ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter’s Colour and Surface Stereo Imaging System (CaSSIS).
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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, July 28th, 2018

Partly cloudy skies greeted 246 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, July 28th, 2018, 8:30 p.m. Professor Sarah Gallagher made 2 presentations of her digital slide presentation“How to Ruin a Beautiful Machine: Radiation Damage in the Early Days of the Chandra X-ray Observatory,” first at 8:30 p.m. and the second time at 9:25 p.m. Graduate student Collin Knight was in charge of “crowd control” and counted 246 visitors for the evening.
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Summer Academic Writing Clinic, Evening Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, July 18th, 2018

Mostly clear skies greeted 22 visitors, including 18 students, 3 staff members and one volunteer, from the Summer Academic Writing Clinic for incoming first-year students, for evening observing at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, July 18th, 2018, 8:30—10:30 p.m. Before the slide presentation, RASC London Centre member Henry Leparskas met the group outside the Cronyn Observatory at the sundial, and presented a brief history of the sundial and the observatory.
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